Dean of CALS: Agbioscience’s Economic Importance and Impact

As Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University I am pleased to share the following announcement and report regarding agbioscience in the Southern United States.

The recently released report titled Impact and Innovation: Agbioscience in the Southern United States will be unveiled Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in the House of Representatives Agriculture Committee Hearing Room at the House Office Building, Washington, DC. This report, a result of research done by the Battelle Memorial Institute, provides information and examples of agbioscience's economic importance and impact in the Southern Region. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas will provide opening remarks for a panel including the report's authors and key agricultural leaders from industry and academia. The panel will discuss the report's conclusions and comment on the extensive influence that agriculture is having on the social and economic well-being of the Southern Region and the nation.


As you know, the nation's Land-grant University Extension Service and Experiment Station System is on the frontline of sustaining and securing the nation's leadership and competitiveness in one of the most important sectors for the nation. North Carolina is especially interested in the work of Extension Services and Experiment Stations since agriculture is our strongest economic sector. This system provides science, technology development, and transformational education that keep the Southern Region's agriculture, agribusiness, and associated industries at the forefront of innovation, productivity, and competitiveness, which in turn sustains and creates jobs and contributes to a strong regional, national, and global economy.

The report can be found by clicking here. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.